Execrable acting, dopey action sequences, and clumsy attempts at camp humor mark George Pal's Doc Savage as the kind of kiddie film that gives the G rating a bad name. Set in the 1930s and based on the Kenneth Robeson comic strip character, it is below the level of the Batman 1960s TV series, which it seems to be emulating.

Execrable acting, dopey action sequences, and clumsy attempts at camp humor mark George Pal’s Doc Savage as the kind of kiddie film that gives the G rating a bad name. Set in the 1930s and based on the Kenneth Robeson comic strip character, it is below the level of the Batman 1960s TV series, which it seems to be emulating.

Ron Ely looks impressive as the blond muscleman superhero, but doesn’t do much beyond flexing his muscles and flashing smiles at the group of cronies who join him on an expedition into the South American jungles to avenge his father’s murder.

Only thesp who survives the script with any dignity is Pamela Hensley, playing a native girl in love with the stolid hero.

Doc Savage - The Man of Bronze

Production

Warner. Director Michael Anderson; Producer George Pal; Screenplay George Pal, Joe Morhaim; Camera Fred Koenekamp; Editor Thomas McCarthy; Music Frank DeVol (adapt.); Art Director Fred Harpman

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Ron Ely Paul Gleason Bill Lucking Michael Miller Eldon Quick Darrell Zwerling
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